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, tonight, and michelle obama, what is the big test for michelle obama? we know she's practiced, she's a practiced speaker, she's been on the national stage, unlike ann romney, who hit it out of the park with her first effort, really, using teleprompters and all the attention. what is the tactical political effect of michelle obama? >> i think michelle made her debut four years ago in what was an off the chart speech. i think she, because of her closeness obviously with the president and her viewpoint, she can really tell the story of his values, his upbringing, what he believes, and what he wants to do yet for this country. i think she is going to be a powerful and passionate advocate for the president tonight and will give a great speech. >> unlike mitt romney, who needed to have the biography filled in and ann romney was trying to explain just who is this man who has been described variously as robotic and not warm and cuddly to the outside world, at least, president obama has a very high popularity quotient but his big gap is on answering the republican bumper stickers, which is
to what people are expecting from the first lady michelle obama's speech tonight. >> look, that is part of the reason for the excitement because first of all, have you these people and the configuration as you can see behind me, i'm above the podium which is a really great vantage point. as you can see, people are -- very, few people, very few delegations are actually on the floor. it is a bowl. they are up and around on the sides. that is, i think, making it sound a lot larger, louder, than it actually might be. it is very loud. they are very excited and they are not all here yet. there are a lot of empty seats. typically people are at dinner now but will be here in time for the keynote address. people are excited to hear castro the keynote speaker, but principally this is michelle obama's night. she is already throughout the campaign. they sent sought an e-mail a half hour ago asking people to text and send in $3 donations in advance of her speech. she told ryan seacrest today on his radio show she had not watched ann romney's speech and came here briefly to look at the stage and look
over town. we just heard a variety of the democrats bad mouthing mitt romney. last night michele obama did not mention mitt romney's name. the first half of her speech could have been from a conservative because it is personal responsibility and the second half about her husband and why shoohe should have the key to camp david four more years. >> so many people had a hand in our success. from the teachers who inspired us and the janitors who kept our school clean. barack refused to lits lis to folks who told him to leave health reform another day and another president. he didn't care whether it was easy to do politically. that's not how he was raised and i hear the determination in his voice he tells me. you will not believe what folks are going through. it is not right. we have to work to fix this and we have so much more to do. >> brian: i think she was strong. she was poise and delivered a great message and the delivers the young family growing nup the white house and needs more time. i thought one thing everybody talked about the mayor of san antonio. julian castro and i think when
speech for michelle obama. big show for you this morning. we're going to be talking to chicago's mayor and former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel. robert gibbs, the former white house spokesman turned campaign adviser is with us. san antonio mayor julian castro and along with his twin brother, texas state rep joaquin castro and the actor john leguizamo is with us. "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody, our team with us this morning, dana bash, senior congressional correspondent and danle malloy and ryan liz za, the washington correspondent for the new yorker. how are you holding up, ryan? yeah, both of us, holding up. our "starting point" this morning is hail to the mom in chief as we heard michelle obama say. first lady firing up the delegates on the first night of the democratic national convention, rousing speech that was political and also very personal. another headliner was the san antonio mayor julian castro, one of the party's rising stars. he's the first latino to ever deliver a democratic keynote address. you see him hugging his twin brother. they look
. there is a quotation where he talks about michele obama doesn't like hillary clinton and referred tow her as a snake in the past. just remember they don't like each other. >> gretchen: we are hours away from the dnc. and there is a look at who will be center stage to make the case for the president. >> for a lot of people first lady michele obama will be the highlighted speaker but the mayor of san antonio will deliver the key note tonight. mrs. -- the first lady toured the stage and getting familiar with the hall. the audience mostly workers and many of whom are still arriving and many were delayed by the thunderstorms. president obama toured some of the damage boy louisiana. consoling the victims and thanking the first responders. he celebrated labor day and aiming to block mitt romney's road to the white house. >> it is working people like you who have to lay the cornerstones. things that people take for granted and were not always there. 40 hour workweek. weekends, paid leave, pensions, the minimum wage, health care, social security, and medicare. >> here in north carolina paul ryan is aiming to
a little preview of what we're hearing from michelle obama, are we going to see the president at all tonight, a la mitt romney and ann romney last week? >> reporter: not exactly to see the president, chuck, but i am told he's going to watch the first lady's speech here at the white house, as you said, he's going to be campaigning all you day. he'll be back in time to watch her speech. so we know that is for certain, but as you mentioned, we're going to hear things from the first lady when she takes the podium this evening. she's really going to talk about her husband's values. she's going to talk a lot about why he understands the middle class. why he's the best candidate to defend the middle class and also going to defend his policies particularly as they relate to women. of course, that's a key constituency to president obama. she'll talk about the lilly ledbetter act, talk about health care, why the policies have been so beneficial to women and while she's not going to mention mitt romney by name, she is clearly going to try to draw a sharp contrast with mitt romney who, for examp
of the convention, it was third or fourth depending on where you put biden. michelle obama gave more of a charge to the party. bill clinton gave probably a more effective, crisper case for another four years than i think barack obama did. fine speech, but not one that really soared. >> thanks to john harris for our politico briefing. thanks to peter hart, our pollster and greg ip. >>> before the president took to the stage last night, legendary civil rights activist, congressman john lewis, gave an impassioned plea to protect voting rights in this year's battle over laws in 16 states. democrats say they are an attempt to suppress minority voting. had a chance to talk to him as well. let's watch the speech first. >> brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? or do you want to keep america moving forward? >> the congressman then joined me at the podium, just to the side of the podium right after his speech. >> you are the one person who has so much authenticity in congress because you lived through selma. you almost died in selma. and you see a parallel with these voter suppression laws. >> it
a story today about how michele obama is holding more public events over the past couple of weeks than mitt romney. >> but the key -- the word i think you used is didn't park himself in ohio. you park a car. when's tied to there? the auto industry in ohio and he's stands with the auto industry and the other parts of the economy helped by that bailout. he's not found a way to defend his actions during that auto bailout and perhaps why he's not parking as you said in ohio. steve, what if anything can governor romney do to get conservatives like yourself enthusiastic and might be offended by the comments and even the middle class, you know, white voters out there who the republican party need right now? is there anything in the next 49 days to get the guy off the ropes? >> there's one thing he can do and i think he has to do it in the first debate. where he has to be credible and sincere as a leader and got to take the attacks against him for being rich and elitist and successful and turn it to advantage by saying, yes, i'm successful and here's how i became successful by not doing things
wrestler picked up the first lady michelle obama. what is it with picking up the obamas? cnn political director mark preston joins me now. >> what do you think the secret service was thinking when that gentleman decided to pick the president up like that? >> i don't know. what is it? it's so bizarre. that pizza shop owner, i guess, was a republican, right? >> he was overcome with a little bit of excitement. who wouldn't be excited, i guess, if the president showed up at your pizza shop. >> he said as a republican he voted for obama in the last election. i take it he's going to vote for him again this time. mark, let's talk about this latest poll and the latest fundraising figures for the president. he has a lot to be happy about. >> he sure does. he's certainly seen a bump from what we've seen from this gallup poll. as you said, we'll have our own poll in just a few hours that will really gauge where we are in the race after both conventions are over. he has good news when it comes to fundraising. in the month of june, in the month of july president obama was outraised by the republica
this on television. let's liz listen. >> you had michelle obama and like lady gaga ask bill clinton like elvis and tonight justin bieber ask michael jackson and prince roll would up together. >> steve: they cancelled the big stadium but it was beautiful outside and not a cloud in the sky. not a rain cloud in the sky. >> gretchen: we'll do head lines for you. a true american hero killed trying to save a life. david nelson was visiting friend no, sir destroit when a car pulled up and start tod shoot a girl. nelson was killed . he earned a purple heart after being hit by enemy fire in iraq. >> steve: just like old times. except for hospital food. koch has been catching up with sphen year old peter balone. he is getting a stint put in koch set to go home later today. >> gretchen: there is a new food fight playing out in minnesota. stunes are outraged over the federal meal guide lines. and so on the chopping blook. cookies and old milk and rationing ketchup to one packet per stune. >> i plan on bringing a bag lunch. we are just play by ear. >> gretchen: the school blaming washington for the change.
of fell flat on the heels of michelle obama's speech but, of course, david axelrod and campaign aides have done the same thing saying they didn't think they were going to get much of a bounce out of the convention anyway. on the heels of these two conventions, we are nowhere different than where we were before the convention, very even going into the debates. we'll have a very level playing field on october 3rd. >> heather: president obama was given a heads-up as to what this jobs report would be prior to his speech which is normal. he knew it was coming. he is campaigning today in florida, a state with the highest elderly population and unemployment rate of 8.8%. there is four key battleground states where the unemployment elevated above the national average. we mentioned florida, in nevada, 12%, north carolina, where they had the dnc. 9.9%. michigan, 9%. 735 delegates up for grabs among those states. how does the obama campaign win them over with job reports like friday's? >> what they are doing is running a very specific state by state campaign. so when you talk about michigan, presiden
, the first lady, michelle obama, perhaps the president's secret weapon, making, what, 11 visits to north carolina since 2009? talk about mrs. obama's appeal there. >> well, she has stressed military families and helping them and, of course, north carolina has a very strong military presence with fort bragg and camp lejeune, the marine base. so military issues are very important. it's a way -- she's much more popular than her husband is here, and it's a way to portray herself and to portray, sell the obama administration in a very nonpartisan way because it has broad support, it goes across party lines, of course. arthel: and then, rob, you mentioned that 2008 election. of course, the obama/biden ticket getting 49.70% of the votes there, the mccain/palin ticket, 9.48. so close -- 39.48. so close. so i ask you, what is it about the politics of north carolina that makes it such an enigma? >> well, there's a couple things going on here. first of all, it's a upper-tier southern state, it's much more like virginia than a deep south state, so it's always been much more moderate. we've had 20 ye
pictures were published of the wife of president obama. i think michelle obama would take a different view about pictures of her topless than she might about someone on a beach in miami. i think that's the key difference. >> well, some might argue and probably very few, but some might argue that even if you're in a private home, is it ever wise to go outside of that home and take your top off? >> i don't think anyone would disagree with that. i have worked for celebrity clients for over 20 years. if any celebrity client came to me and asked me whether it was ever wise to take their top off in a public place anywhere, i would say absolutely not. so i think kate, the duchess of cambridge was unwise to do that. i think, however, that the punishment is inappropriate. it does not seem to me that justifies a worldwide set of pictures on the basis of and moments in discretion where she thought she was safe and where she thought she was private. >> well, it just comes on the heels of the prince harry scandal and the nude pictures taken of him in a private hotel room. >> well, i think this is absol
that same fund raiser. president obama said beyonce is the best role model. and later on michelle that was the couch was the best place for obama to sleep . ♪ ♪ no i don't understand. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> steve: the post office can't balance the books. increase the number of sales pitches. armed officers dropping from chappers and taking terrorist in custody it was not real. it was a nypd drill. college students enrolled in the nypd cadet core were the hostages. only a drill. >> gretchen: thank you, brian. democrats are claiming that president obama is the best candidate for women voters? >> president obama has walked with america's women and helped women in this country fight for equal pay, for equal work. and he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. that's what my husband stands for. >> so they claim republicans are waging a war on women. whoo do women actually think? joining me co-author of the book. liberty, no war on women. sabrina schaffer. >> thanks for having me. >> gretchen: it seems they were trying to fi
, four, four. michelle, why do you give it four? >> because it fits exactly into obama has strategy, which is to talk about everything but his record on the economy. so this fits perfectly. another perfect distraction from the 14% unemployment, 2 million people looking for job, smallest work force in 30 years. so of course, it's a great strategy for him. i also agree with the line that if you're separating people by demographics and class and division that you're probably not ready to be president. which is funny 'cause that's exactly what president obama has been doing for his past four years. >> steve: all of the irony. you gave it four as well. >> yeah. i think it plays in exactly what i'm talking about. it's the use of the words entitlements, handout, people on the take. there are a lot of hard working americans who aren't on the take that get lumped in where they're -- you're going to see more of them. and on the separation, romney is the one that gives -- he's never had a tough day in his life. >> we don't know that. >> from working. i'm talking about financial day. i think th
coordinated. >> steve: michelle, clearly romney's statement was devastating to the president of the united states where he said, you know, you can't have the embassy sending out these apology notes because it was devastating to obama because now the main stream media is screaming bloody murder. >> yeah, that's right. and just to take this more bigger picture, you've got this petty, partisan, sniping left dog media and they cannot see the bigger picture here. and provide the proper context in reporting on what's going on in the middle east now. here they are all fixated on terry jones, they're falling for the propaganda of these islamic imperialists when it has nothing to do with this obscure internet video, clips of which have been floating around since june. the providence of which is still under question. and they report it anyway as if that's what's really going on here when there is a larger pretext going on and manufacturing. the fact that they still call these protests when these are violent attacks that have been happening. >> brian: when the coptic christians were having their chur
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